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hello, and welcome to nhk "newsline." i'm ross mihara in tokyo. dozens of people are dead after a passenger plane crashed during a landing on a small taiwanese island. the accident occurred during heavy rain, only hours after taiwan was battered by a powerful tropical storm. the transasia airways atr-72 was carrying 58 passengers and crew members when it went down. 47 people are reported killed, 11 others injured. the plane was flying from kaohsiung to one of the penghu islands.
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the xinhua news agency quotes taiwanese aviation authorities as saying the plane's departure time had been delayed by more than an hour because of bad weather. the tropical storm slammed into taiwan on wednesday. public transportation and schools were closed. on wednesday evening, kaohsiung was battered by strong winds and heavy rain. two transport planes carrying some of the victims from the downed malaysia airlines flight have landed in the netherlands. the dutch government has declared a national day of mourning for the crash that killed 298 people. the bodies were flown to the southern city of eindhoven and met by the prime minister mark rutte and the country's king and queen. dutch government officials say they'll lead the international investigation to trace the cause
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of the crash. but analysts say it remains uncertain to what extent pro-russian separatists who control the crash area will cooperate. on tuesday "the washington post" carried satellite photos and other images in its online edition. the images were released by the office of the director of national intelligence. one document shows the missile that downed the jet was launched from an area controlled by pro-russian separatists. officials made the claim based on the downed aircraft's fli path and shrapnel markings as well as sensors that traced the path of the missile. the released photos include social media postings that show a transporter carrying a buk surface-to-air missile toward the russian border. two ukrainian fighter jets have been shot down in eastern ukraine. it occurred near where the malaysia airlines passenger plane was brought down. experts say the latest incident may hamper the investigation into last week's crash. a spokesperson for the ukrainian military says pro-russian re
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shot down two jets. the aircraft were fired on near where malaysia airlines flight 17 was brought down. the area is controlled by pro-russian rebels. the jets were returning to their base after a military operation. the pilots managed to eject from the planes before they crashed. the israeli mi expanded its grounns gaza. n 30 israeli soldiers into an have died. gaza's health authorities say many of the victims are civilians. israeli military leaders are aiming to destroy cross-border tunnels used by hamas militants to infiltrate their side. they say rocket launchers are also concentrated in the the troops are facing fierce resistance from hamas militants. u.s. secretary of state john
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kerry has arrived in tel aviv for talks with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and palestinian president mahmoud abbas. kerry and u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon are trying to broker a truce with the cooperation of leaders from egypt and other countries. the crisis in gaza is worsening, and many people are in need of medical care, including children. that's according to a doctor from msf. nhk world's jun yatsumoto has more. >> reporter: kelly dilworth is an msf anesthetist. she has been working around the clock in a hospital in gaza city. she has treated hundreds of patients here since arriving just one week ago. she says the attacks have hit civilians hard, especially the young and weak. >> we are seeing a lot of predominantly civilians, as far as i know. and at least 50%, maybe more,
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women and children. the children, many of them are young. for example, in the last 24 hours, i anesthetized three children under the age of 5, all with explosive injuries. multiple injuries have needed intensive care. gaza is a very small area and very densely populated, so they are trying to go either to the u.n. areas, to the shelters, but these are now very, very crowded with poor hygiene conditions. or they have to find shelter with a family. and some of them, they do not know where to go where it's safe because nowhere is safe at the moment. many of these people in these areas are the poorest people in gaza. and now their homes have been destroyed. everything they had, all their belongings, is now gone. >> reporter: the worsening situation threatens not only
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gaza citizens but humanitarian aid groups, including msf. however, dilworth and her team say they'll stay where they are. despite limited staff and supplies, they are going to keep attending to the constant flow of people coming to the hospital seeking help. >> we are seeing multiple trauma, terrible blast injuries and brain injuries, and all of the patients are very seve injured. this is an obstacle because it is stressful for the team. it means that we have to be quick with the patients because we have patients behind you are waiting their turn. all i can do is my job and try and survive with everybody else in gaza for another day. there has to be a cessation of hostility, obviously, from both sides. >> reporter: dilworth hopes the
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international community can help the two sides reach an agreement to end the fighting immediately. jun yatsumoto, nhk world. the fallout from the latest food scandal in china is spreading. a tv station in shanghai this week reported that a meat processing plant was found using expired ingredients in its products. now investigations have been launcheds across the country. police in shanghai have detained five people who are believed to be involved in the scandal. they suspect the wrongdoing was systemic. a number of fast-food restaurants that get their meat products from the company at the center of the scandal, shanghai hushi food, are experiencing a shortage of supplies some 13 tons of meat have been withdrawn in one province. let's check on the markets
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and the latest trading on wall street. scott wren has the details. >> futures were mixed overnight, but the s&p 500 gained in the initial trading hours of the u.s. session today and pretty much held those gains all day. i think investors are just waiting to see what headli might come out next from ukraine and from the middle east. the economic calendar was also very light, but over the course of the next couple days we're going to hear about new home sales, we're going to hear about initial jobless claims. we're also going to hear about orders for durable goods. and of course we're in the midst of earnings season, so we're
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going to hear lots of earnings reports over the next day or so. for the day, the s&p 500 finished up 0.2%, dow jones, on the other hand, was down, the major averages were mixed. the dow was down 0.1%. nasdaq was the best performer on the day. it was up 0.4%. in terms of sectors, 6 of 10 sectors -- 5 of 10 sectors, i'm sorry, outperformed and were positive today, led by healt care, materials, and energy. all in all, volume was light, and you can really tell that we're in the midst of summer doldrums. and i think that's going to be the story probably for the next couple of weeks as people take a lot of vacation time in augu. so that's all i have f. this is fargo advisers at our home headquarters here in st. louis, missouri. here's a recap of the market figures.
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♪ a record number of foreign visitors came to japan in the first six months of this year. a weaker yen and easing of visa requirements for travelers from some southeast asian nations helped to boost the figure. an estimated 6.2 million people visited the country from january through june. that's a record for the first half of the year. the figure is up more than 26% from the previous year. visitors from mainland china rose more than 88%. those from thailand were up nearly 64%. more international flights on budget airlines were another
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factor that encouraged more people to come to japan. the tourism officials say they will continue their campaign to reach the japanese government's new annual target of drawing 20 million visitors. sony plans to boost production of image sensors for smartphones and digital cameras. the struggling consumer electronics firm hopes these high-precision devices will help to turn around its overall business. sony executives say they will invest around $345 billion to install new equipment at two of its plants in japan by the summer of 2015. they expect the investment will raise the firm's sensor output capacity by 13%, so 68,000 units can be made a month. sony's image sensors are considered competitive on the global markets. one key feature is their ability to capture sharp images in dark places. sony is expected to suffer a net loss for a second straight year.
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the move is part of the firm's plan to help rebuild its finances. workers at a chinese construction company have had to endure sleepless nights for the past few weeks. the road and bridge group was on the brink of defaulting on a bond payment, but at the last minute it managed to avoid it. if the company failed to pay the debt, it would have been the first to default on the bond principal as well as the interest. nhk's daisuke azuma has more. >> reporter: the road around bridge group is based in shenzhen. the company was founded nearly 20 years ago and employs 30,000 people. its businesses include coal
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mining, public works such as roads and bridges, and construction for the private housing market. last year, they issued a one-year short-term bond through the bank market in shanghai. the company borrowed a total of $65 million at 7.3% interest. but the price of coal dropped sharply and the stagnant domestic sales dealt a blow to the company's bottom line. the repayment deadline was wednesday. employees arrived at the head office this morning. but inside they say it doesn't feel like an ordinary day. >> translator: i like working here, so i'm worried about what will happen to our company. >> reporter: the company
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admitted there was a possibility of default on july 16th, a week before the bond was due to mature. it announced to the shanghai clearinghouse that it was not sure if it could repay the loan including the principal. this sparked concern about the strength of defaults. the local government realized that this would have a huge effect on the local economy. analysts say that the firm managed to avoid default on wednesday because it received aid from local government. >> i think that shanxi provincial government just want to rescue the company because they want to overcome the problem of unemployment. the unemployment importance is very serious, just damage the stability of the society. >> reporter: continuing to bail
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out companies to avoid defaults poses a moral hazard to the economy. the chinese premier li keqiang noted in march that he would allow a certain number of defaults to go ahead. >> translator: it's unavoidable that some financial instruments are going to suffer defaults the government needs to strengthen its monitoring and avoid systemic financial ris. >> reporter: the expert says it's more important for the government to change the market system to stabilize the nation's economy. >> the problem here is not how to rescue one company. the problem is how to reform the institution and the system to
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reform a market structure. >> reporter: more companies may default, causing concern about the economy, which will surely lead to financial instability. the government faces a difficu future as it works out whether it can stabilize the financial system while controlling defaults. daisuke azuma, nhk world. populous. prosperous. pushing ahead. china's rise brought it wealth, power, and problems. an income gap divides its people. pollution threatens their health. and differences over territory strain relations with its neighbors. find out the challenges china faces on "newsline." joko widodo has been named indonesia's next president. the can-do-style leader has vowed to boost the economy, the
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largest in southeast asia. but his rival is not ready to give up. patchari raksawong in bangkok is following the story. >> joko's opponent prabowo subianto alleges voting fraud and plans to officially challenge the result. the election was the closest in the country's history and has left a deep political rift in its wake. nhk world's fransiska renatta reports from jakarta. >> reporter: the election results were announced tuesday evening. the following morning, this newsstand in jakarta was filled with headlines expressing hope for joko's management of the country. >> translator: i think joko is a good man for the job. the important thing is that he can do his best for indonesia in every regard and become the choice of all indonesians. >> reporter: joko was born into a humble background and has not lost his connection with ordinary people.
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his candid manner won the hearts and minds of his supporters. he has pledged to work toward bureaucratic reforms, transparency in administrative systems, and eradicating corruption. but losing candidate prabowo subianto insists that the election was subject to massive fraud. on wednesday, the prabowo camp announced plans to file an objection with the constitutional court. prabowo is a former military general. he made full use of his background and network to leap ahead in polls in the final phase of the campaign. many politicians, bureaucrats and wealthy families support prabowo. they don't want to lose their vested interests. >> translator: this is a victory for all indonesians. we should forget who came first
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or who came second. let's unite once again. >> reporter: even if the constitutional court acknowledge fraud, the finding would not overturn the election result. among the challenges when joko takes office in october will be how to resolve the political rift that has only grown wider following the election. fransiska renatta, nhk world, jakarta. australian prime minister tony abbott has expressed hope for strengthening ties with neighbor indonesia after president-elect joko widodo takes office. relations soured last year amid phone-tapping allegation >> i did have the chance to speak to the incoming president, the president-elect this morning.
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we had a very genial conversation. my expectation is that australia will have a very strong and warm friendship with indonesia in the future as we have had in the past. >> in november last year, media reported that the australian intelligence agency tried to record phone calls by top indonesian government officials. alleged targets included current president susilo bambang yudhoyono, his wife, and the vice president. indonesian people have been critical of abbott's policy of sending back boat people. many from asia head to australia in boats by way of indonesia. abbott recognizes the strategic importance of indonesia as a gateway to the rapidly growing markets of asean member countries. along with its own growing economy, indonesia has the largest population in southeast asia. and that will wrap up our bulletin. i'm patchari raksawong in bangkok.
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the operator of fukushima daiichi admits radioactive substances may been blown by the wind during work to remove debris at the nuclear plant. inspectors have detected cesium from rice harvested last year in a facility about 20 kilometers from the facility. they say the level of radiation exceeded the government's safety standard. experts believe work to remove debris at the number three reactor building last august is a possible cause. officials with tokyo electric power company said during that period a total of 1.1 trillion becquerels of radioactive substances were possibly spread into the air. the plant is estimated to be emitting 10 million becquerels per hour. the utility plans to disassemble the covers over the number one reactor building to remove debris. government officials are urging the company to take measures to prevent dust from spreading when the work is under way. engineers at the plant are also trying to stop the buildup of radioactive water, but the work
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isn't going as planned. they say they'll take additional measures. water used to cool melted fuel inside the damaged reactors has been leaking into underground utility tunnels. this runoff has been reaching the soil and mixing with ground water and seeping into the sea. workers want to freeze the water inside the tunnels before it can leak into the ground. but they haven't managed to complete the work nearly three months after the project began. tokyo electric says it will install more pipes to carry refrigerants in and out of tunnels. regulators have been skeptical about the feasibility of the company's plans. they have suggested other options such as filling the tunnels with concrete. meanwhile, workers are carrying out a separate project to freeze soil and create an ice wall around the four reactor buildings. that's to prevent groundwater from entering the buildings. but a delay in efforts to freeze the water in the tunnels could hold up that project as well. that's because the ice wall and
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the tunnels will intersect at some points. some people living inside temporary housing units in a city in northeastern japan worry about the air they're breathing in. they've been staying there since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster, and they're dealing with the spread of a fungus that's affecting their health. >> reporter: these are temporary housing units in ishinomaki city, miyagi prefecture. in this room, part of the ceiling is covered by black mold. city officials decided to replace the portions covered in mold in 40 houses. they say that's about half of the structures in this location. mold has also been found in other temporary housing units. toshio higuchi and his wife have been living here since their home was destroyed in the disaster. higuchi has to take medicine every day to stop coughing.
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>> translator: my wheeze gets stronger and stronger. i cough so hard i sometimes faint. >> the cause of his illness was found in his bedroom. mold has grown on the floor. experts who deal with this problem checked the mold and confirmed it's pathogenic. it's capable of causing allergic symptoms. they say temporary housing is designed to be airtight, and they say that's why the units could have more dust and humidity than permanent houses. even though higuchi's unit is generating mold, he has no choice but to stay here. >> translator: i have nowhere else to go. this is the only place i can live at the moment. >> doctors and other health officials visited temporary housing locations in ishinomaki to investigate. they conducted medical examinations and found
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abnormalities in the respiratory organs of 32 of the 137 residents. >> translator: there is a possibility that residents are suffering allergic symptoms and pneumonia because of mold. even if they don't have any symptoms at this time, problems could develop later if they inhale the mold spores over a long period. >> there are around 6,000 families still living in temporary housing in ishinomaki city. experts say people here need constant monitoring and also regular medical examinations to make sure they stay healthy. here is the three-day weather forecast. ♪
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a polar bear at an osaka zoo has gotten his seasonal treat, an ice block filled with apples. wednesday is japan's hottest day, according to the traditional calendar. staff at tennoji zoo served up a 75-kilogram chunk of ice filled with ten people to the bear. he gets the chilled delicacy when he loses his appetite during the hot summer months. temperatures in osaka lived up to the old calendar, topping 30 degrees before noon. that's all this hour on "newsline." i'm ross mihara in tokyo. thank you for watching, and have a good day.
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